I have gotten so many messages recently asking for more difficult recipes that use a regular kitchen. I have focused for many years on developing recipes that are no bake or work with limited materials in a regular classroom (read more here)…. but I am so happy to hear that many students now have access to a FULL kitchen.
Do you have a classroom kitchen? If you do, and you are overwhelmed by all that it entails- don’t be! Classroom kitchens are an amazing TRUE TO LIFE tool for our students! It’s time to jump right in… and I don’t mean with fun, creative recipes. (Though real foods our kids experiance at home or in life can be fun too!)
When truly working on life skills, we should be working on REAL recipes! I have made countless fun holiday and monthly themed recipes (you can find them here if that’s what you are into) but if you DO have access to a kitchen, we don’t have to be so creative. We can cook and bake REAL FOODS, that hopefully our students can cook at home and in their future.
In honor of being more “true to life” I added one page recipes to these two new sets. These may seem a bit advanced, but you could use them whole group to get students familiar with them, then move to the larger text pages.
We start out with reading the tools and ingredients page, we talk about our experiences with the things on the list. “Have you ever used a muffin tin? Is it heavy? Do you like whipped cream” This is a great place to dig into prior knowledge and build conversation.
Next, we move to the shopping list page. If you are going to do a shopping trip, use this sheet the day before or right before you go. Have students look in the cabinets and find the items you need for the recipe, checking off as you go.
When it’s time to cook again read the ingredients and gather them one by one discussing where you might find them. Work through each recipe step by step. Talk about kitchen rules and safety, and remember to taste test!
After taste testing have your students talk about it. Did they like it? What tools did they use?
You can grab the new sets of Visual Recipes for cooking in special education here:
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Just getting started with cooking? Read this post first.